81 Days With Oscar And Me

Every Academy Award-Winning Movie, Back to Back, Starting With the First

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Entries Tagged as 'Universal Pictures'

Schindler’s List

October 24th, 2009 · No Comments · 1993, Adaptation, Black and White, Drama, F-Word, Nationalization, Nazi Socialist Germany, Oskar Schindler, Schindler's List, Seinfeld, Sex, Smoking, Steven Spielberg, Universal Pictures

In my mind, Schindler’s List will forever be associated with the two-part episode of Seinfeld (Season 5, episodes 18 and 19: “The Raincoats 1 and 2″) that aired in 1994.
Jerry’s parents are staying with him while they’re visiting from Florida. Consequently, he hasn’t any privacy. And he wants time alone with his girlfriend, Rachel. [...]

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Out of Africa

October 16th, 2009 · No Comments · 1985, Adaptation, Color, Composer: John Barry, Drama, John Barry, Meryl Streep, Out of Africa, Robert Redford, Sydney Pollack, Universal Pictures

This is an odd movie.
Part National Geographic Explorer, part Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, part The Bridges of Madison County, part Australia, Out of Africa is a long (very long) movie about, well, I’ll let the plot summary from the Internet Movie Database explain it:
The Plot
Karen Blixen, a Danish woman, marries a friend for [...]

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Deer Hunter, The

October 9th, 2009 · No Comments · 1978, Christopher Walken, Color, Deer Hunter, Drama, F-Word, John Cazale, Meryl Streep, Original Screenplay, Paul and Storm, Robert De Niro, Universal Pictures, War

The Deer Hunter is the biggest waste of film and talent since West Side Story.
Worse, it’s a movie that didn’t need to be made in the first place. It already was, in 1930. Only then it was called All Quiet On the Western Front. A couple of years after that it as called Cavalcade. [...]

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Sting, The

October 4th, 2009 · No Comments · 1973, Color, Comedy, Composer: Marvin Hamlisch, Original Screenplay, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Sting, Universal Pictures

I was 13 when The Sting came out.
I wasn’t old enough to drive, and neither was my friend. But my friend’s sister drove us to the theater.
That theater, on Alpine Avenue, is no longer there. Too bad. A lot of memories were hatched there. In addition to The Sting I also saw American Graffiti [...]

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Lost Weekend, The

September 6th, 2009 · No Comments · 1945, Adaptation, Billy Wilder, Black and White, Composer: Miklós Rózsa, Drama, Lost Weekend, Ray Milland, Universal Pictures

If anyone wants to know the difference a great screenwriter and gifted director can make on a film, I recommend he/she watch The Broadway Melody (1929) and then The Lost Weekend (1945). In that order.
The reason why I suggested The Broadway Melody is because it, like The Lost Weekend contains very long scenes. However, [...]

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All Quiet On the Western Front

August 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · 1929-1930, Adaptation, All Quiet On the Western Front, Black and White, Carl Laemmle Jr., Clara Bow, Drama, Universal Pictures, War

War is hell.
That’s the theme of the 1930 Oscar-winning movie All Quiet On the Western Front.
Film historian Robert Osbourne introduces the movie in a brief DVD featurette by saying this: What you’re about to see is one of the most powerful anti-war films ever made…one critic wrote about it, ‘This is a movie which should [...]

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